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post #316 of 391
So far we got 4 of us.

How about Bill's shop, we can use the table and to prevent damage, cover it with tarp or a thin carpet as long as there is no fire hazard.
post #317 of 391
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post

I've had an idea for those that joined us at the 1st Melbourne Meet (and others if interested). There was significant interest in my Bottlehead Crack amplifier.

 

Who would be interested in a group buy of Crack kits and possibly a day of construction where we could work together on building them?

 

Let me know if you would be interested in just a group buy and / or the "Build Day". I am sure Bottlehead will help us out with a good deal.

Beside the HD600/HD650, what other cans do they match well with. Also, what's a rough estimate of the cost of the kits?

post #318 of 391

Need a flat surface with something like a thick anti-static or rubber hobby mat so any unattended soldering irons don't end up burning the table.

post #319 of 391
What is the risk of fire Loquah.
post #320 of 391

10/10 due to all the woody headphones Billy has. lolol

post #321 of 391

Risk of fire is very low, especially if using solder stations with proper holders for when the irons aren't in use.

 

Regarding builders, we can obviously discuss if anyone wants theirs built instead of doing it themselves, but there's a lot of satisfaction when you're using an amp you crafted yourself!

 

In terms of matching with various cans: anything of 300 ohm and up is a great match with the Crack. Below 300 ohm you may have success, but it will be all about synergy and whether the impact of the Crack's relatively high output impedance does good things or bad things to the particular headphone. For example, my new FA-011 LEs (thanks again Billy!) sound OK out of the Crack, but they sound awesome from my solid state - all depends on synergy.

 

Some known and recommended (not by me, but from my research) matches:

  • HD600 / 650 / 800
  • Beyer 600 ohm (and possibly some 250 ohm models)

 

There are comments about it pairing well with lower impedance cans like K701/2, K501, even Etys, but I can't comment and wouldn't want to recommend that based on the numbers, but often the results can be contradictory to the numbers (e.g. my HFI-680s were improved by the AK100s high OI)

post #322 of 391
Don't they come with an additional impedance switch or is that a different amplifier. I am willing to spend a bit more for upgrades.
post #323 of 391
Hey guys, did you guys take any pictures at the meet?

I didn't get a chance to go and it would be interesting if you could share some meet pictures with a fellow Melbourner:)
post #324 of 391
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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

Don't they come with an additional impedance switch or is that a different amplifier. I am willing to spend a bit more for upgrades.

 

Different. That's the SEX. That's actually the one I'm interested in (or maybe the new Mainline amp), but I thought others might like to keep the project more simple and cost effective. I'm open to thoughts though and can see what Eilleen can arrange.

 

Let me know if you would prefer to order and build the SEX (US$539) rather than Crack (US$279). I think the Mainline is in a limited quantity preorder phase so we've probably got buckly's of getting them and they're US$999.

post #325 of 391

We should do a Paramour group run lol. Really want that amp for my LCD2's on speaker taps.

post #326 of 391
The SEX seems a more versatile option though as I had a lot of headphones and it would be great to use it for all of them.
post #327 of 391
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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

The SEX seems a more versatile option though as I had a lot of headphones and it would be great to use it for all of them.

 

I agree. I haven't tried it, but I wonder (from what I've read) if the Crack is better with the HD650s than the SEX (jack-of-all trades, etc.). I would definitely like to try the SEX with some of my other gear.

post #328 of 391
So let's build the SEX instead of the Crack.
post #329 of 391
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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

So let's build the SEX instead of the Crack.

 

I'm open to that. How about others? I'm hoping we can get Eilleen to do a mixed group buy so some can have the Crack and some can have the SEX. I should hear back overnight.

post #330 of 391

I wouldn't mind doing that, haven't played around with a SEX yet since my Crack drives my HD600's so wonderfully. 

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